Celebrating Eid al-Adha

Eid-al-AdhaBY AMANDA MOSES

On the evening of September 23 until September 24, Muslims around the world will be celebrating Eid al-Adha, which is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice.

The holiday commemorates Abraham’s trail to kill his only son under the command of Allah. However, Allah halted the sacrifice because he saw Abraham was unquestionably willing to sacrifice his son for his Lord; Allah felt his unyielding faith superceded all others.

Traditionally, Muslims celebrate the Eid al-Adha by attending morning prayers at their local mosques, followed by family gatherings where they exchange greetings and gifts. During the celebration, families visit a local farm or religious location where a sheep is sacrificed, and then the meat is cooked and distributed throughout the holiday.

For the first time, New York City Public School will be observing the Eid al-Adha (school will be closed on Thursday, September 24th).